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Back to the Future
Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Back to the Future: Peer Pressure Back to the Future
"Peer Pressure"
Back to the Future #4
Story by John Barber and Bob Gale
Script by Bob Gale
Art by Ryan Browne
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Shawn Lee


Marty and Jennifer have their first date.


Read the story summary at Futurepedia


Notes from the Back to the Future chronology


This story has bookends placed roughly around 1890, after Doc and Clara are married and have their sons, Jules and Verne.


Didja Know?


Jennifer as depicted in this story appears to be based on the likeness of original actress Claudia Wells in Back to the Future. The character was portrayed by Elizabeth Shue in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Doc Brown




Marty McFly



Needles' girlfriend

Needles' friend



Didja Notice?


On page 4 of the story, Needles appears to be driving the same Ford pick-up truck he will be driving at the end of Back to the Future Part III.


On page 6 of the story, it's revealed that Doc has a secret workshop in addition to his regular one behind the Burger King on John F. Kennedy Drive. This is where he did most of the work on the DeLorean to keep it hidden from Marty until the proper time.


On page 8 of the story, Marty plays the arcade video game Wild Gunman at what must be 7-11. The game was seen in Back to the Future Part II and he implied that he learned to play it at 7-11 in Back to the Future Part III.


When she finds him playing Wild Gunman, Jennifer says, "Nice shooting, Clint," referring to actor Clint Eastwood, well-known for his western gunslinger roles in films. Of course, Marty will go on to use the name as his alias in the Old West of 1885 in Back to the Future Part III.


Needles pretends he's going to buy a bag of Snacky Chips at the 7-11. There is an actual brand of potato chips by this name now, but I'm not sure it existed when this issue was published.


On page 12, Marty uses the same Rube Goldberg trap (with a modified finale) on Needles that Marty himself had been caught in when he broke into Doc's garage in "When Marty Met Emmett".


When Marty realizes Doc has a car under a tarp in his workshop that he is keeping secret, he asks Doc, "Is it a flying car or something?", foreshadowing what the DeLorean time machine will become when a hover-conversion is done on it in 2015.


On page 14 of the story, Marty and Jennifer are seen to have gone to a Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone triple feature. This would be the three so-called Man With No Name films (the only ones Eastwood and Leone did together), A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.


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